1958 Tasting Notes

After weeks of too-warm weather, break-yer-neck schedules, and two wearying sojourns out of state, it was pure bliss to tool around the yard on the mower mulching up leaves and watching the sun through the oranges and yellows still on the trees. It was even chilly enough I had to warm up when I came inside! Bliss.

This was my warmer upper. Not stellar, but respectably decent. The chocolate flavor is mild, but you can detect it. A little half and half accentuates it nicely. And after clutching the cup for a while, I can feel my fingers again.

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1 bag Yorkshire Gold, 1 teaspoon smooshed pecan pieces, steeped long and strong while I was bundling up for work (yes! it’s bundle weather today!), added a splash of half-and-half. Nutty stick-to-your-ribs goodness.

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drank Double Ginger by Flora
1958 tasting notes

Random grab from the just-take-it basket at work, so I don’t have many details or specs. However, I think this is just plain nothin-but-ginger. Not fall gingerbread, just straight up spice with no sweetening and a lovely hot tingle at the back of the throat.

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drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
1958 tasting notes

Nothing new to say about this tea’s carmelly-lemony goodness, but it tasted ten times better about 6:30 this morning sitting in the backyard glider silently holding hands with my husband. 31 years and counting. We watched the stars go down and the sun come up.

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Oh, how good to be home where the tea doesn’t taste like plastic hotel utensils or coffee spit (Keurig)!

Enjoyed a cup of this after a cool saunter through our local Third Thursday event (medium-size town in a predominantly rural area throwing an urban-style street fair). Nice balance of flavors without any tartness. Next time, to autumn it up, I’m thinking about chunking in a cinnamon stick. Yes, autumn is a verb.

Super Starling!

Autumn isn’t just a verb. It’s what my elementary school teachers would call an “action verb.”

Kristal

Love this tea. One of my favorite herbals, which is a shocker considering it`s bagged.

ashmanra

I like this one, too! My son-in-law gave me some way back before he married SuperAnna.

gmathis

Been a freelance writer for a long time I’ll verb anything if it makes my point!

Pattea

Didn’t care for this one, I ended up giving it away! Glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1958 tasting notes

Some travel ahead, so for an additional immunity booster, I made a long, strong steep of some dried elderberries. Steeped elderberries remind me of raisins, so I threw in a cinnamon stick. Yep, cinnamon raisin tea! I think that’s going to be a winter winner.

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Thoughtful and great-hearted tea friend brought me a sample pack for a lovely Monday afternoon surprise.

Dry, this smells superlative. There should be candles and potpourri all over my house with this scent. There should be poems written to it. I walked out of the office all the way to my car with the pack open and under my nose. Apple fruity goodness.

Steeped, you taste the fruit first. General fruit, then apple, then the kiwi at the back of the throat as you swallow. Mellow, ripe harvest fruit; not tropical drink with an umbrella. For the first run, I erred on the side of caution and kept steep time to 2:30, but it could have gone a little longer without bittering up. This one is going on the shopping list for my next run to Savoy.

Helena

nice to see something different with Kiwi instead of the usual strawberry.

gmathis

This little company in Arkansas is especially good at flavored green tea.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1958 tasting notes

After cleaning up a pound of rather roughly shelled pecans, I ended up with a quarter cup or so of pecan schmutz…not shells, just bits that broke off. Smelled nutty lusciously, and I couldn’t bear to throw them away.

So I didn’t. Tossed a pinch into a cup of plain bulk Ceylon this morning for a sweet, smooth autumn treat. I think I could’ve given it another minute to strengthen up the pecan profile; maybe a little dairy to bring it out, but it was tasty all the same. And I’ve got more nut schmutz to experiment with.

But since schmutz tea doesn’t sound very elegant, what do you think about Cracked Pecan Ceylon?

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Mmm.. I like Nut Schmutz Tea. I think it could sell. :)

Indigobloom

I’ma hafta try this!

gmathis

Little maple flavor couldn’t hurt, either.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1958 tasting notes

My favorite local bulk tea venue has a keemun I really like (they stock a lot of Frontier Organic Co-op teas, but I don’t think this is one of them). A while back, at the same spot, we picked up an ounce of maple syrup powder to see what it could do.

After adding (b) to (a), I discovered that what it can do is make a really pleasant sweetener, although I’m going to have to work with proportions to find the “sweet spot,” if you will. Takes about a teaspoon to make the maple kick in, which makes for a slightly sweeter cup than I general go for.

With that said, keemun-maple is an absolutely fitting autumn blend and I will keep tweaking!

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After a long summer break when the evening cuppa had to have ice in it, I made some of this. Not as strong as I’d like (Ty-phoo remains the decaf black to beat for strength in my book), but was a nice gentle base for a little half and half with a black cat snoozing on my lap.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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